Painting as a pastime

There is a wonderful little book by Churchill (one of my heroes) on painting. He started painting at 40 and was actually very good, winning many award...

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How does a nonprofit like Iridescent grow?

I am super ambitious. My goal for Iridescent is that it becomes a nationwide program with strong sites in New York, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. I ...

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You don’t need a balanced life when work becomes play.

I work very intensely. When I was in grad school I thought I was working super hard. When I was not working on my research, I was either running, pain...

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Iridescent’s 2008 – IN PICTURES

I have been thinking about a way to show the range of supporting activities that enable our core program (the hands-on science courses). So I made the...

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Powered by Volunteers

Lately, I have been tallying our numbers to see what we did over the year and it has been exciting to see the graphs.It has also been awe-inspiring. A...

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And we had a little faith – and we worked on.

I think one, perhaps, is to present science as it is, as something dazzling, as something tremendously exciting, as something eliciting feelings of re...

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An army of one

I am constantly amazed by how much one person can achieve in a super short amount of a time. All because of the huge leaps technology makes everyday. ...

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Family Science – what works!

I read about a really interesting school called the Open Classroom in Salt Lake City, Utah where parents are required to volunteer 3 hours per child p...

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Are we making a difference??

Results from summer courses in the bay area Analysis of pre and post tests We conducted five-session courses with different groups of 10-12 year old b...

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a win-win-win situation

Thinking about pitching our program to some new branches of the University we partner with. And I can’t get out of my head why this program is s...

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Teaching concepts through analogies

I taught convection the other day in a 6th grade (urban classroom) . The inquiry activity was to design a house with passive ventilation. If the windo...

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Thank you SolidWorks and Volunteers!

There have been a few momentous events in Iridescent’s history. June 6th was one of these. Thanks to one dedicated volunteer, Srikant, we got togeth...

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